DANIEL J. DAVIS, one of the enterprising and substantial farmers of Cambria township, Cambria county, is a son of John F. and Magdaleine (Jones) Davis, and was born in Blacklick township, Cambria county, Pennsylvania, June 12, 1844.
John E. Davis was a native of the principality of Wales born at Cardigan, in 1812, and grew to manhood and married there. After his marriage in 1838 he and his wife emigrated to America. They first located in Pittsburg, but soon removed to Portsmouth, Ohio, thence, in about 1843, to Blacklick township, where Mr. Davis purchased a farm of 180 acres, and embarked in agricultural pursuits. In 1869 he disposed of this farm and bought another, containing the same number of acres, situated in Cambria township, two miles cast of Ebensburg, He resided upon and tilled this farm until death ended his labors on January 16, 1882, his wife surviving him.
He was a careful and well-to-do farmer, and passed the latter years of his life in comparative comfort and ease. Politically he was a republican, and filled many local offices. His marriage with Magdalene Jones resulted in the following issue: Mary, the widow of David Davis; Evan, a soldier in the late war, died in service at a camp in Texas; Daniel J., the subject of this sketch; John and Elizabeth are twins (the former is a farmer and merchant of Blacklick township, and the latter is the wife of David Lewis, of Cambria township), Joseph J., a liveryman of Ebensburg; C. Jane, wife of Joseph Thomas, of Cambria township; and David M., of Cambria township.
Daniel J. Davis was reared and remained upon the farm until 1864 at which time he sought and found employment in a rollingmill in Pittsburg for five years. In 1868 he returned to Cambria township, and three years later purchased a farm of 145 acres of arable and well-improved land. The land is fertile, well adapted to grazing and stock raising, and the buildings are nearly new, and commodiously arranged. Aside from this property, he owns three fine brick houses in Ebensburg which yield him a handsome annual rental. He is a member of the Welsh Presbyterian church, and takes a leading interest in church work.
December 31, 1868, Mr. Davis and Miss Jane Davis, a daughter of Richard B. Davis: a farmer and butcher, of near Ebensburg, were joined in wedlock. The product of their union is two children: Anna and one son, who died in infancy, unnamed.
Richard B. Davis, the father-in-law of Mr. Davis, was born
in Montgomeryshire, Wales, in 1788, and died in Cambria township
October 20, 1872. He married in Wales, and became the father of
three children. Their mother and two of the children died in Wales.
The other child, a son (Edward), accompanied his father to this
country in 1836, and died in Cincinnati, O., of cholera, in 1849.
In 1837 Mr. Davis married, as his second wife, Anna Bennett, a
daughter of Richard Bennett, a Welshman by birth, but then a prosperous
and successful farmer, and one of the oldest and most reputable
citizens of Cambria township; and they became the parents of seven
children, three sons and four daughters: Mary became the wife
of William Davis, of Ebensburg; Richard, a soldier of the late
war, was killed in the battle of Fredericksburg; Mrs. Daniel J.
Davis; Anna, the wife of William Griffiths, of Pittsburg; John,
a farmer of Cambria township; Sarah and Edward, deceased in childhood.
Source: Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Cambia County.